Danger at The Landings

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Max longs for adventure. His sister, Ellie, of Ellie's New Home and The Freezing Moon is too bossy. His father expects him to help on the farm all the time, but never gives him any real responsibility. When Max's pig, Hambone, is slaughtered, Max is devastated and resolves to run away, to live with the lumberjacks. Instead, he finds himself bundled off to stay with his uncle, the miller at The Landings, a man who expects obedience and hard work. There, adventure finally comes to...

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Overview

Max longs for adventure. His sister, Ellie, of Ellie's New Home and The Freezing Moon is too bossy. His father expects him to help on the farm all the time, but never gives him any real responsibility. When Max's pig, Hambone, is slaughtered, Max is devastated and resolves to run away, to live with the lumberjacks. Instead, he finds himself bundled off to stay with his uncle, the miller at The Landings, a man who expects obedience and hard work. There, adventure finally comes to Max when he least expects it.

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What nine-year-old boy doesn't yearn for adventure and the chance to prove himself? Certainly not Max, a pioneer Canadian boy who struggles to show his family he is worthy of grownup responsibilities in this sequel to Ellie's New Home and The Freezing Moon. Even as Max clings to childhood emotions—he is upset when his "pet" pig is killed for food—he dreams of a glamorous adult life, perhaps by joining the lumberjack camp down the river. When his father leaves to fight in a rebellion, Max wants to go too, but instead is left behind to help his stern Uncle Stuart, a miller. This dreary turn of events leaves Max a little miffed, and he naturally gets into trouble. However, he unexpectedly finds a way to redeem himself when his uncle's mill catches fire. This quick-paced story is imbued with details and events that bring to life frontier-Canada. The characters are nicely drawn, never seeming wooden although their roles in the compact story are necessarily narrow. Furthermore, there are some unexpected opportunities to explore them; for example, Uncle Stuart not only faces some harsh consequences after he wrongly accuses an employee of stealing, but then is unable to right his wrong satisfactorily—just as happens in life sometimes. This is a good choice for middle readers, using the familiar coming-of-age theme of growing up to illuminate another time and place. 2002, Orca Book Publishers,
— Diane Frook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432328
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Orca Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, British Columbia.
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I pushed open the heavy wooden door. The orange cat shot between my legs, his fur bristled, screeching in fear. Fire! The flames danced on the huge millstones and the sacks of grain stacked neatly around the walls. Strange shadows flickered in the dark corners. I edged closer to the fire, fighting back my terror. The back of my neck prickled. Lester had set the fire on purpose! He was trying to burn down Uncle Stuart’s gristmill! I stared around the room wildly. Uncle Stuart’s warning rang in my head. "One spark and the whole mill can go up in flames. Do you know how explosive flour can be?"

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